I always smile when I see that someone has booked their baby in for a new patient appointment. I love babies – I always have – but since becoming a chiropractor and a mother myself I get really silly about them!
Babies come in all shapes and sizes, and if I’ve learned anything it’s that they are all VERY DIFFERENT!
They act differently, have different likes and dislikes, and develop at different speeds. There is a wide variation when it comes to these little bundles of joy.
However, it is still my firm belief that as a parent, you know when your baby is happy and healthy, and conversely you know when they are not!
Many parents will bring their babies in because they are “colicky” or just generally unhappy and cry often. Whereas there are many reasons that a baby will cry, excessive crying (colic is often defined by the “rule of three”: crying for more than three hours per day, for more than three days per week, and for longer than three weeks in an infant who is well-fed and otherwise healthy) is not considered to be within normal limits. Even more importantly it can be draining emotionally for a new family, not to mention exhausting for the baby! Colic is distressing for everyone and often leads to unnecessary medicating of babies.
So can chiropractic help with colic?
In Bournemouth there is a Chiropractic university (AECC) that has a faculty which focuses on chiropractic care of infants, mums-to-be and even runs a chiropractic breastfeeding clinic (recreating this in Aberdeenshire is a personal goal of mine, don’t ask me when but it will happen!). They commit their time to performing high quality research (also known as Randomised Controlled Trials, or RCTs) that helps to prove the effectiveness of chiropractic, particularly with infants. This video describes really nicely what their findings have been so far…
We get very excited when research like this comes out, and it’s been happening alot recently. Of course it just proves what we as chiropractors have known for years, but it means we can shout about it a little bit louder now.
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